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Name of Collaboratory :


Great Lakes Regional Center For AIDS Research (GLR CFAR)


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Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : 1998 End Date : 2003 Info Last Updated : Fri, Dec 5 2003 4:01am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Distributed Research Center  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Product Development, Virtual Learning Community  

Domain(s) :

  Biomedicine (microbiology, virology, medicine, public health)  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


The Great Lakes Regional Center for AIDS Research (GLR CFAR) is a collaboratory of investigators from four midwestern universities, which allows consortium scientists to consolidate expertise in AIDS research. The distributed investigators share and work to unify proteomics, genomics, biostatistics, animal models, and clinical studies. Eight core facilities support a portfolio of innovative research activities in the center relevant to the molecular biology of HIV-1 infection, viral pathogenesis, natural history, therapeutics research, and translational research and development.

GLR CFAR utilizes a web site to inform participants about core services offered, collect survey data, register new members, archive past presentations, record observations, provide assistance, announce events, and demonstrate tools. Other tools facilitate real-time audiovisual communications with document sharing, remote control of experimental equipment, information search and retrieval, and transfer and storage of images and large data sets. The collaboratory also supports distance learning by delivering real-time broadcasts of lectures through a virtual presentation application combined with a teleconference.


Access to Instruments :

  Particular instrument-related services are provided by several of the Core facilities. Resources that allow some level of remote operation include:
The Quantitative Image Analysis and Single-Cell Technology Core provides access to nonhuman primate models.

Access to Information Resources :

  GLR CFAR website includes information on collaborative tools, as well as a list of Members and the types of services available through the various cores.  

Access to People as Resources :

  Biostatistics core provides support in the design of studies and in the analysis and interpretation of the study results.

A behavioral scientist, under the administrative core, has been responsible for the design, implementation, support, and analysis of the collaboration technologies and their subsequent use.

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

United States Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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Notes on Participants/Organizations:
112 registered members


Communications Technology Used :

  MS NetMeeting, Timbuktu, iVisit, PlaceWare, Xerox Docushare, Website, and several email lists  

Technical Capabilities :

  Management of technical resources
Access control/login facilities
Support for transition between synch and asynch
Directory of services/experts/resources
Asynchronous object sharing
Index/metadata, General search capability, Vetted knowledge based of multiple authors, Data stream capture, Email/attachments
Asynchronous conversation
Synchronous object sharing
Shared instrument control, Data conferencing, Application sharing
Synchronous conversation
Audio, Video
  Key Articles :  

Finholt, T. A. (2003). Collaboratories as a new form of scientific organization Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 12(1), 5-25.

Finholt, Thomas A. (2002). Collaboratories: Science over the Internet. in Teich, Albert H., Nelson, Stephen D., and Lita, Stephen J. (editors). AAAS Science and Technology Policy Yearbook. (pp. 339-344). Washington, DC: American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Olson, G. M. & Olson, J. S. (2003). Mitigating the effects of distance on collaborative intellectual work Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 12(1), 27-42.

Teasley, S. & Wolinsky, S. (2001). Scientific collaboration at a distance Science, 292(5525), 2254-2255.


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